Leeds Astromeet 2015

Leeds Astromeet 2015 is on Saturday 7th November, and as always WDAS Members will be taking transport over.  This year's speakers:

  • Prof Tom Marsh (Warwick University)
    "Astronomy at High-Speed: delving the depths of white dwarfs, neutron stars and black-holes"
  • Dr Richard Massey (Durham University)
    "What's the (Dark) Matter?"
  • Dr Melvin Hoare (Leeds University)
    "Developments in Radio Astronomy"
  • Dr Alan Chapman (Oxford University)
    "The Life of Sir Patrick Moore"

Halloween Tales

Ah, mid autumn, the ‘witching season’, a time in the year most associated with ghoulish revelry, the tragic and the macabre.  Not surprisingly the autumnal night sky plays host to a reflection of such ‘unearthly goings on’, manifest as tales associated with the stars and constellations. 

So, are you sitting comfortably?  Good.  Let us begin with one of the oldest and most intricate tales associated with the heavens, one that incorporates a number of important and ancient constellations currently located in the night sky... [Read more about Halloween Tales]

In this month's edition:

  • Planetary Skylights: Uranus and Neptune in the evening, Jupiter and the Moon joining Venus and Mars in the early morning.
  • Meteor Activity: Leonids and Taurids
  • November 2015 Sky Charts

A large asteroid discovered just a few weeks ago will narrowly miss the Earth on Oct 31st – Halloween. 

Nicknamed “the Great Pumpkin” and “Spooky” but technically known as 2015 TB145, is an estimated 400m wide – 20 times bigger than the meteorite that exploded over Chelyabinsk in 2013... [Read more about Pumpkin or Skull? Asteroid 2015 TB145 "Near Miss"]

Comet Catalina was discovered on 31 October 2013 by the Catalina Sky Survey with their 0.68 meter Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope.

It is closest to the Sun on 15-Nov-2015... [Read more about Comet C/2013 US10 Catalina]

Keith and Mark hosted a star party for pupils and staff at Fylinghall School on Oct 2nd.

Once again the weather played ball and although some wispy cloud developed, it soon dispersed allowing fine views of various objects through the LX 200 and Keith’s reflector.  Intended to last a couple of hours, the event went on until after 10pm, with a host of questions to answer.  The pupils certainly enjoyed the evening and from the reaction of the staff more astro related material may in future pop up in science lessons! [Read more about Event write-up: Fyling Hall School Star Party]

Mark and Keith travelled over to Westerdale again on Oct 9th and were joined by John Randles to host an event at the village hall for pupils, parents and staff of Pathways School (Grangetown, Middlesbrough) along with children belonging to staff.  The event was requested by event Emma Shaw, a science teacher at the school whose parents live in Westerdale, and arose after Emma had heard about the success of our Westerdale star party in September... [Read more about Event write-up: Star Party for Pathways School]

On Halloween itself, as Whitby was overflowing with Goth Weekend revellers, WDAS Members headed out with scopes to Danby, where the North Yorkshire Moors National Park had laid on a family Halloween event... [Read more about Event write-up: Creatures of the Night, Danby]

Events

A star party for Fylinghall students and staff. If conditions are cloudy, an indoor, presentation and scale solar system demonstration will be given.

Anyone wishing to assist, please contact Mark.

Date:
2 October, 2015 -
19:00 to 21:00
Address:
Fylinghall School
Robin Hoods Bay
YO22 4QD
United Kingdom
GB

The first society meeting of the season, in newly renamed Caedmon College Normanby Site (you may know it as Whitby College or Whitby School), Room H1.

In Members' monthly meetings we usually take a tour of the night sky for the coming month using the Planetarium program, sometimes have other topics for discussion, etc.

Date:
6 October, 2015 -
19:30 to 21:15
Address:
Room H1, Caedmon College, Normanby Site (Whitby School)
Prospect Hill
YO21 1LA Whitby
United Kingdom
GB

We have been invited to host a star party / presentation for a special needs school class, with the likely venue being Westerdale Village Hall.

However matters are not as yet set in stone and may alter. Further details will be given at the October meeting and also placed on the website.

Date:
9 October, 2015 -
19:00 to 21:30
Address:
West of Main Street
near YO21 2DT Westerdale
United Kingdom
GB

Observe the night sky with us at the Bruce Observatory, Whitby School.

Observing Nights are held weather permitting: check for a relatively clear sky before leaving home.  If in doubt, Mark can be reached on tel 01947 605516.

Date:
11 October, 2015 -
19:00 to 21:00
Address:
Bruce Observatory, Caedmon School Normandy Site (Whitby School)
Prospect Hill
YO21 1LA Whitby
United Kingdom
GB

Observe the night sky with us at the Bruce Observatory, Whitby School.

Observing Nights are held weather permitting: check for a relatively clear sky before leaving home.  If in doubt, Mark can be reached on tel 01947 605516.

Date:
18 October, 2015 -
19:00 to 21:00
Address:
Bruce Observatory, Caedmon School Normandy Site (Whitby School)
Prospect Hill
YO21 1LA Whitby
United Kingdom
GB

Observe the night sky with us at the Bruce Observatory, Whitby School.

Observing Nights are held weather permitting: check for a relatively clear sky before leaving home.  If in doubt, Mark can be reached on tel 01947 605516.

Date:
25 October, 2015 -
19:00 to 21:00
Address:
Bruce Observatory, Caedmon School Normandy Site (Whitby School)
Prospect Hill
YO21 1LA Whitby
United Kingdom
GB

This event is organised by North York Moors National Park.  More details to follow.

Directions: We've been told the nearest postcode is: YO21 2NB

But we've also been given a Grid Reference.  Here it is in various formats:

  • NZ 716 083
  • 54.465035 -0.896868
  • 54°27'54.1"N 0°53'48.7"W

 

Date:
31 October, 2015 -
17:30 to 19:30
Address:
The Moors National Park Centre near YO21 2DT Danby
United Kingdom
GB